Perry McGriff’s GATORIDE
In it’s 2nd year this annual event to will raise awareness for LifeSouth Blood Centers and honor Perry C. McGriff Jr., a longtime Gator and mainstay in the Gainesville community.
Perry contributed to his community in many ways. He was a former mayor, county commissioner, and state representative. He served as a member of LifeSouth’s board of directors for nearly 30 years and was Chairman of LifeSouth’s Five Points of Life Foundation. Perry also was one of the founding members of the Gainesville Sports Organizing Committee (GSOC), now known as the Gainesville Sports Commission. Since 1988, he has served as president and hosted high level sporting events in the community, such as FHSAA Football State Finals and USA Cycling National Championships. These types of sporting events have helped bring in millions of dollars of impact from visitors into Alachua County.
Perry was a committed advocate for blood donation. He began donating as a University of Florida student and donated more than 67 gallons of blood in his lifetime. Through his love of sports, Perry developed the idea for a cross-country bike ride to share the stories of lives that had been saved by the donation of blood, apheresis, marrow, umbilical cord blood,organs and tissues. On the first ride in 1997 and the six that followed, he shared the road for 14,650 miles with riders who were alive because someone had donated.
Perry died February 2, 2017 in his hometown of Gainesville, Fla.
The ride is open for riders of all ability levels. Festival is free and open to the public, and there is something for everyone!
There’s a 5-mile fun-ride for kids and adults, along with 31, 43, 69, 90 mile supported rides
Riders registered for the GATORIDE will receive the following: